New citizens reflect our diversity
LU NGO, from Vietnam, summed up the feeling at the Civic Centre yesterday saying he loved Australia, loved freedom and loved his life here.
He and 10 other people were taking their citizenship pledge to mark the 10th anniversary of Australian Citizenship Day.
Along with all the other new citizens Mr Ngo stood up and introduced himself to the crowd.
Nur Harm, from Turkey, said she moved to Australia after falling in love with an Australian.
"I'm lucky (my husband) doesn't live anywhere cold. I'm so, so lucky, I have lovely friends and I'm so happy to live in this lovely country," she said.
Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne welcomed the 11 new citizens at the special ceremony which marked the anniversary of Australian Citizenship Day - today.
The new Aussies come from five countries - the UK, Turkey, Vietnam, Germany and Italy.
"The ceremony showcased the region's cultural diversity and our newest citizens' commitment to this country and their local community," Cr Dyne said. "Australian Citizenship Day is an opportunity for everyone in our region to reflect on the role we play in building our nation and shaping our country's future.
"This special day celebrates an important step in each conferee's life and represents their ongoing commitment to Australia and everything we stand for as a nation," he said.
This year, around 100 ceremonies were expected to be staged around Australia with more than 3500 people set to become citizens on this special occasion.
I'm so happy to live in this lovely place.